Archive for March, 2013

IMPORTANT

5 MORE DAYS TO RETURN YOUR CSA Agreements —
Membership Drive ends March 31st
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Payment options available—We can accept a post-dated check for April—

We want to give you every opportunity to eat fresh, locally grown produce this season!

More to come on Canner’s Program—pre-orders taken in April to help us plan for delivery at harvest– CSA will be offering classes on Canning, Freezing, and Preserving, as well as Wine-Making! Looking at other ways to assist you in your canning–

More information to follow on the opportunities for Meat and Eggs on pick up day–

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

Next Wednesday is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

Membership Drive is nearing completion–we have 57 signed agreements, 9 checks ‘in the mail’, and 6 reserved spots–We are almost full with only 2 Memberships left!

Farmer has planted 2/3 of the hoop, manure spreader will be delivered next week, and we are ordering the drip tape and mulch for this year. All the seed is in and plants are being started at the greenhouse. We are reading like crazy on the culture of celery–a new crop this year! AND last night The Farmer reported that the spinach in the small hoop that we abandoned last fall because of aphids is REGROWING and clean! Sounds like fresh spinach some time this week–

Last night for dinner we had fresh pork chops from a locally butchered hog, potatoes (Farmer Lee’s on the way to Billings) fried with steamed bell peppers and kale, and a scrumptious salad made from spinach and Romaine hearts. We will be eating the last of our fall carrots this week!

SPRING IS ON THE WING flying IN!

The Farmer’s HAPPY Wife–

You Have Been Heard–

There seems to be strong interest in natural raised meat and good quality, reasonably priced eggs. We’ll see what we can find– THANKS for the speedy response! The Farmer’s Wife

Organic Meat–Farm Fresh Eggs

Is there anyone interested in locally raised, grass finished organic beef, lamb, pork, or poultry? Raised in the Big Horn Basin using sustainable and natural farming methods. No GMO feed, chemicals, or antibiotics.

Testing the interest of the blog ‘followers’ or CSA members. Respond to this post if interested–

No commitment needed–more information to follow at a meeting in April–cost, butchering options, etc.

We are also looking at Farm Fresh eggs to be sold at the pick-up day–any interest in a dozen eggs each week?

Membership Drive Report

46 CSA agreements are in for the 2013 Season–40 people took advantage of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT and saved $50!

22 others have added their name to our rolls, and reserved a spot–Get those agreements returned as soon as possible. We will close the membership the end of this month or sooner if the available shares are sold.

The Fruit Share is on track–we should have the 20 needed participants.

We continue to make plans, prepare the hoophouse, and start to get things ready for the CSA 2013 SEASON.

I will be posting information on the Canner’s Sharers next week–that is the produce that will be available for purchase for canning this year…what kind and what quantities we are planting. Canners will have an opportunity to add their name to the Canner’s roll to reserve their spot. We also are working on canning helps from a Master Canner–she can teach a class on canning techniques, or will visit your home to help you with your canning. (For a fee–a reasonable fee.) At the present I’m waiting for her to return home from being a new GRANDMA!!

One more item–we have been studying The Food Safety Act and will be passing on information to you about what that is all about and how it will impact our operation and you as a consumer. The good news is there is a recognition that Farmer-direct-to the consumer does not have the same inherent risks as farmer, to the packer, to the distribution center, to the store, to the consumer. Your food supply chain is much shorter with less opportunities for contamination. Contamination can occur anywhere, regardless of farm size, but what are now called Good Ag Practices are steps to take to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.

That’s all for now, Folks–The Farmer’s Wife

WHY ADD 4 WEEKS?

Why Add 4 Weeks?

Last year we did a Fall/Winter Extension where we attempted to sell what we had harvested before the weather went north, if you know what I mean. IT WAS DOWNRIGHT COLD trying to weigh things outside in the shed–we had the pick up day in our livingroom! And then the cold freezing weather creeped into the heated cooler through the wooden floor and we lost 300# of potatoes, all the large hubbards, and 2 containers of carrots. 🙁

This year the regular share is 16 weeks. The ADD 4 WEEKS option adds Fall items over an additional 4 week period…but if we are cut short, we will deliver the items listed in the agreement ahead of time: 20# carrots, 40# potatoes, 4 winter squash, 10# onions, and 4 pumpkins.

It makes better business sense to sell the extension at the beginning of the season: we can plant exactly what is needed for our membership, and you (as members) can make plans for a cool place to carry your food into the winter. The payment for the extension can be included with your CSA Agreement, or paid prior to July 1st.

Last year we had broccoli until the hard freeze in November, and lettuce in the greenhouse until December. If we have those again, they will be available for an additional price.

All these items can be stored for the winter–some in a cool basement or crawl space. I bag the carrots in 2 gallon zip-locks and keep them in an extra refrigerator in the shed. They will often keep until March! Hubbards will keep in a cool basement throughout the winter. Potatoes are a little trickier–even a cool basement will not prevent them from sprouting. But, November and December, with the holidays, are great potato months: mashed potatoes and gravy! I think potatoes can be blanched, grated, and froze for hash browns in the winter–you may need to soak them in salt water or lemon juice…We’ll experiment with that!

So…now you know why to ADD 4 WEEKS!

UPGRADE OPTION & OTHER INFO

NOT SURE A HALF IS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOU?
We offer an UPGRADE option: Try out the Half Share the first 4 weeks–if not enough, upgrade to the Full Share by August 15th. Additional Share cost is pro-rated at $12.50/week for the remaining weeks.

(This information has been added to http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com under 2013 SHARE PRICES tab.)

REMINDER: MARCH 4TH IS THE DEADLINE FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT–SAVE $50 OFF THE HALF OR FULL FOR THE 2013 SEASON!

UPDATE ON FRUIT SHARE–WE HAVE TO HAVE A MINIMUM OF 20 SHARES IN ORDER TO ADD THIS OPTION. WE PRESENTLY HAVE 8 FRUIT SHARES AGREEMENTS. (I am holding the agreements/checks until we meet quota–if not reached we will return the check.)

That’s all for now–THANKS! The Farmer’s Wife